Fedoseev tops Riga's Tal Memorial

by André Schulz
8/1/2019 – In honour of the Soviet-Latvian World Champion Mikhail Tal, a blitz tournament and a rapid tournament were held in Riga. Vladimir Fedoseev won the rapid with a score of 9½/11. David Navara was second and Rasmus Svane finished third. Igor Kovalenko won the blitz tournament. Both featured a live commentary webcast courtesy European ChessTV. | Photos: TalChessMemorial.com

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On the sidelines of the Grand Prix tournament, a memorial tournament in honour of Mikhail Tal was held in Riga. The main tournament was a rapid that was well-stocked both in terms of quantity and quality of the field.

Among the almost 280 players, including many Latvians, was David Navara (who played after being eliminated from the Grand Prix), Alexey Shirov, Nikita Vitiugov and many other grandmasters. At the end of the eleven round Swiss system tournament, Vladimir Fedoseev celebrated sole first place with a stellar 9½/11. Navara took second place. 

The playing hall 

All rapid games

 

Final standings

k. SNo     Name Typ sex FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  rtg+/-
1 2
 
GM Fedoseev Vladimir     RUS 2736 St.Petersburg 9,5 77,0 82,0 2813 30,0
2 8
 
GM Navara David     CZE 2677 Praha 9,0 73,5 78,5 2709 18,8
3 35
 
GM Svane Rasmus     GER 2550 Hamburg 8,5 81,0 86,0 2707 61,8
4 18
 
GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy     UKR 2625 Chernovci 8,5 75,5 81,0 2647 22,6
5 20
 
GM Kovalenko Igor     LAT 2622 Rīga 8,5 74,5 79,5 2683 35,8
6 13
 
GM Fedorchuk Sergey A.     UKR 2650 Vinnitsa 8,5 74,5 79,0 2663 18,0
7 9
 
GM Chigaev Maksim     RUS 2674 St.Petersburg 8,5 73,0 77,5 2667 12,6
8 36
 
GM Kovalev Vladislav     BLR 2548 Minsk 8,5 70,5 75,5 2600 42,2
9 19
 
GM Alekseev Evgeny     RUS 2622 St.Petersburg 8,5 69,5 74,5 2595 21,6
10 28
 
GM Munoz Miguel     ESP 2576 Sant Marti 8,0 79,5 84,5 2695 39,0
11 25
 
GM Predke Alexandr     RUS 2593 Тольятти 8,0 76,0 80,5 2648 34,2
12 21
 
GM Vitiugov Nikita     RUS 2614 Санкт-Петербург 8,0 74,5 80,0 2585 9,6
13 3
 
GM Zubov Alexander     UKR 2731 Kiev 8,0 72,5 78,0 2618 -13,0
14 5
 
GM Moiseenko Alexander     UKR 2700 Harkov 8,0 70,5 76,5 2551 -18,8
15 14
 
GM Postny Evgeny     ISR 2650 BCA Augsburg 8,0 67,0 72,0 2510 -19,4
16 32
 
GM Aleksandrov Aleksej     BLR 2559 Minsk 8,0 67,0 72,0 2509 9,8
17 30
 
GM Meshkovs Nikita     LAT 2569 Rīga 8,0 65,5 71,0 2456 -5,6
18 24
 
GM Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo U20   PER 2598   8,0 65,5 70,5 2530 -0,2
19 31
 
GM Yuffa Daniil     RUS 2568 Tjumen 8,0 64,5 69,5 2433 -15,8
20 29
 
GM Agrest Evgenij S50   SWE 2569   8,0 6

...279 Players

Fedoseev also did well in the blitz, but it was Latvia's top player Igor Kovalenko who sliced through the blitz tournament field to finish with 12/13 a full 1½ points ahead of the Russian.

Blitz tournament games

 

Final standings (top 20)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Kovalenko Igor 12,0 111,0
2 Fedoseev Vladimir 10,5 108,5
3 Shirov Alexei 10,0 107,5
4 Zubov Alexander 10,0 107,0
5 Jumabayev Rinat 10,0 97,0
6 Alekseev Evgeny 10,0 95,0
7 Chigaev Maksim 9,5 112,0
8 Grachev Boris 9,5 105,0
9 Vitiugov Nikita 9,5 104,5
10 Demidov Mikhail 9,5 103,0
11 Kazakovskiy Valeriy 9,5 98,5
12 Donchenko Alexander 9,5 98,0
13 Navara David 9,0 109,5
14 Bernadskiy Vitaliy 9,0 104,0
15 Khismatullin Denis 9,0 101,0
16 Kovalev Vladislav 9,0 100,0
17 Svane Rasmus 9,0 100,0
18 Postny Evgeny 9,0 99,5
19 Lupulescu Constantin 9,0 97,5
20 Yuffa Daniil 9,0 95,0

...234 players

Live commentary webcasts

European Chess TV provided the live webcasts hosted by WIM Anna Kantane and GM Toms Kantans, sponsored in part by new FIDE partner, Coca-Cola.

Webcast of Rapid Day 1

Webcast of Rapid Day 2

Webcast of the Blitz tournament

Dana Reizniece-Ozola, former Minister of Economy, was closely involved in the event, along with her husband Andris Ozols (below with GM Evgeny Sveshnikov), head of the Latvian Agency for Economic Development

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson

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André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
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